What Are You Looking At?
Let's take a mind field trip for a moment. Imagine that you just finished Christmas 2018 and it's December 30, 2018. You're sitting around with some friends eating dinner at your favorite restaurant and someone asks the question, "what are you most excited that you accomplished this year? Not like, somewhere you went or did, but something that changed about yourself or your family?" What would you want to say? What would you want to come to the end of 2018 accomplished? What do you want to be different about your life? Your spirit? Your heart? Your family? Your marriage? Your church?
We all talk about wanting to have a great 2018, but the truth is that if we don't have a vision for where we want to go/accomplish then all we will ever do is wish for something better, rather than accomplish it. Hellen Keller said it best:
"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Hellen Keller
There are many of us walking around today with plenty of sight. I mean, sight so good we see everyone else's flaws that happen to bump into us at the grocery store. Sight so good we see our biggest flaws in ourselves more than our great assets. The problem is seeing things is pointless unless you have the vision to accomplish that which is your desired destination, or simply said, we are people of much sight but little vision. Vision is the desired destination of your life.
Maybe you've fallen into a trap many of us have of living life hoping that the best of everything just magically happens in our lives. The issue with that is this - if you have vision you must know the steps necessary to accomplish it. If you just live life hoping that everything just happens for the best, you're not being strategic, prayerful, or even wise about your actions, you're merely hoping anything good just falls in your life. Without knowing it you could be doing something counter-productive to the vision simply because you have no vision established yet!
One more mind field trip.... we're sitting drinking coffee at Starbucks. You have your favorite coffee in front of you. I have a White Chocolate Mocha with an extra shot (because that's the best!). It's December 31, one day after the previous conversation and I ask: "What are you most excited that changed and made you better this year? In your personal life, your marriage, your family, and what did you contribute to make your church a place for a community to come and experience Jesus?" What would you answer? Congrats - you've found some vision. Now figure out the steps to accomplish it and get moving! HAPPY NEW YEAR!